17 December 2011

Impromptu

A couple of days ago, I decided we should have a Christmas party today. The first version of the email I sent out failed to include our address, which is what happens when you write emails on the spur of the moment in the middle of the night.

But, later on, a bunch of people will show up for wine and cheese, selzer and cookies, and a random selection of some of the many holiday songs in my iTunes library.

I have been baking like a fiend:

Walnut Blue Cheese Coins
Cheese Straws
Cinnamon Toasts
Candy Cane Crisps
Nutmeg Maple Cookies
Pretzel Shortbread

My husband constructed complicated smoked salmon canapés, and piped deviled eggs. He made my mother's chicken liver paté. I stuffed celery with a smear of blue cheese/cream cheese - an hors d'oeuvre that my grandmother always always served.

There will be two kinds of popcorn - savory (dill pickle) and sweet (caramel).

The cheese is from Murray's, the apple cider is from the farmer's market, my father caught the salmon (though someone else smoked it).

And we bought a box of pigs in blankets, you know, for the children.

I wish you all could come.

13 comments:

Awesome Mom said...

I wish I could come too, that food sounds amazing.

Robin said...

Christ cinnamon toast=Christmas. Have a wonderful party!

De said...

Sounds wonderful. On our to-do list tonight is the Christmas Day menu. I really need to persuade Tony that we want a made- ahead buffet because i require relaxation on Christmas.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Me too!

I am not having a party this year, but am contributing the homemade lumpia a student made for me to a friend's party tomorrow night. That's just my speed this year.

susan said...

Sounds like a wonderful evening! Enjoy.

alejna said...

It all sounds so good. I wish I could be there, too!

Hope you are having a grand time.

slow panic said...

OK. that's a party. I'm hungry just reading the list of food..... and thinking I need to get in the kitchen right now.

YourFireAnt said...

Sorry I missed it. Merry Christmas, m'dear!

T.

p.s. Cheese straws takes me back. Also, the link to the blue cheese coins.... kerflooie! ;-)

Rima said...

Wish I could come, too. Have a feeling you throw a fabulous party!

Frogs in my formula said...

And I wish I could type through this pool of drool on my keyboard. I was feeling good about my chocolate-dipped pretzel rods until I got here.

Everything sounds YUM.

RuthWells said...

Yum, pigs in blankets! Hope you had a wonderful time, and how lovely to be spontaneous.

Always Home and Uncool said...

Dill pickle popcorn, huh? I'm intrigued.

leanne said...

So sorry I missed it (and this blog post til now) :) I've been a baking fiend lately, too. Finally made some bread (along with a plethora of cookies). Hope you all had a blast!